Dental Care Alliance VP of Insurance Wins Star Award!
Mike Cole (pictured above, third from the right) was recognized by the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP) for his volunteer contributions to the association and to the dental industry. NADP credits its volunteers for helping to advance the dental benefits industry and improve access to affordable, quality dental care.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, said NADP Executive Director Evelyn Ireland. “Volunteers provide leadership, direction, manpower, enthusiasm and energy to advance the dental benefits industry and NADP. We value and appreciate their contributions, and we are pleased to recognize and honor these outstanding individuals.”
Cole joined Dental Care Alliance (DCA) in April 1999 and is currently the vice president of insurance plan management. He oversees insurance relations, revenue cycling and the credentialing departments. Prior to joining DCA, he was a network manager for Prudential and United Concordia Companies, Inc., working in Provider Relations. With more than 25 years working in the dental industry for both plans and the dental support organizations (DSOs), Mike has brought his experience and expertise with provider recruiting and contracting to the NADP Operations Workgroup. Mike designed and wrote the first version of the universal application in 2000 and has been using it with specific plans on behalf of DCA for the last 15 years.
Founded in 1991, DCA is one of the largest multi-branded dental support organizations in the U.S. with more than 260 affiliated practices in 13 states. DCA-affiliated practices provide patients with a wide range of dental services including general dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and periodontics. DCA provides dentists with clinical autonomy, career satisfaction, and growth opportunities by reducing day-to-day administrative responsibilities so they can focus on providing the best clinical care to each patient.
In my first two years out of school, I was fortunate enough to take the IV sedation course and implant courses. Dental Care Alliance actually picked up the tab. It was over $20,000 in courses. If I started my own practice I would not have had that opportunity.